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Announcing Availability of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 – Want Free Access?

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The new release of Visual Studio 2010 has plenty of compelling new features and updates that will make every developer more productive.

  • Visual Studio 2010 allows users target of the right platform for their application, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, SharePoint. Office, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7 applications using their existing skills.
  • Visual Studio 2010 is a rich, personalized development environment. We know that software developers spend much of their time in the IDE, and features like the new editor and multi-monitor support make your time in Visual Studio more productive and enjoyable.
  • Teams are able to work more efficiently using Application Lifecycle Management tools. We’ve done a great deal of work in Visual Studio 2010 to improve testing and debugging tools. Features like IntelliTrace and easy project management help your team ensure high quality.

Want free access to Visual Studio 2010 Pro, Expression Studio 3, Windows Server and more? Do you create websites for others – either full or part time?

Sign up for the WebsiteSpark Program and use this code: gTI7JHq51b


Written by wesy

April 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Want to be a More Productive Web Developer? Attend the Free 2-day Microsoft Web Camps!

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WebCampsBannerAd300x250Interested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft’s Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you’re currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today!

Microsoft’s Web Camps are free, two-day events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. At camp, you will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Entity Framework, IIS, Visual Studio 2010 and much more.

Web Camps also provide the opportunity to get hands on with labs and get creative by building in teams. All this with Microsoft experts on hand to guide you through.

Space is limited so register now!

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Written by wesy

April 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Getting Started with ASP.NET

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Trying to find information on our websites is often a frustrating task. I often spend time aggregating information and posting it here. However, multiply this effort by thousands of Microsoft bloggers and it only contributes to the problem.

One of the hardest tasks is trying to find a starting point.  If you’re new to the platform where do you go? Then once you arrive at any number of our sites the real grunt work begins. Change happens over time and I’m glad to say that we’ve redesigned the ASP.NET website.  T

he four large buttons at the top of the home page make it simple:


Click Getting Started and you find 5 choices


Click Number 2 and you can get access to FREE software via the WebsiteSpark Program. Not the “Free” Express Edition, but the full commercial editions.


Options 1, 3, and 4 are self-descriptive, but Option 5 was a task unto itself before they simplified it here.


Hopefully visiting this site will make the process of learning new platforms or just finding the right resources a whole lot simpler.


Written by wesy

March 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

SharePoint Designer 2007 is a Free Download

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I thought I would point you to a free download of SharePoint Designer download before logging out for the evening. SharePoint  Server is extremely popular in the enterprise and collaborative software markets. Personally, I really like the product for quickly creating team sites etc.  However, design isn’t part of my day job so I always default to some vanilla template for my site.

Given the ease of creating sites, it should come as no surprise that SharePoint sites have grown geometrically within Microsoft.  There are countless sites for every considerable team and project. Most created for function with little thought for visual aesthetics. I always cringe at the refrain: “Let create at team site!”.  I want to stab pencils into my eyes – there is veritable sea muted baby blue and mauve team sites. These color schemes are the battleship gray of the collaborative software market.


Then alas, I was excited to learn that that Ferrari, yes the Italian exotic car manufacturer, launched their new web site built on SharePoint! Now that’s design for the 21st century. 

Want to learn more about SharePoint Designer – visit the team blog.

Written by wesy

April 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm